PENINSULA: A cunning plan

I am sure that the Beacon Revitalization Task Force will have the same questions so I await the responses with interest

Re: Proposed Beacon Avenue Gateway project.

Since Beacon Avenue faces the impact of competition from Sandown and Jesken, I was very surprised to hear that Mayor Cross’ solution was to add competing space on 10 acres at the south-west corner of Beacon and the Pat Bay Highway.

Now I am sure that this is indeed a cunning plan but I would be interested to hear the answers to some very basic questions:

1: A key component to fixing Beacon is to provide a long term solution to the current Beacon/Pat Bay intersection. Are we sure that some (or all) of these 10 acres is not required for the new intersection?

2: At 100,000 sq. ft. this project will potentially cannibalise some downtown Sidney’s current sales.  Do we have a guarantee from the Town that none of the proposed tenants will duplicate any of the currently threatened existing retailers in downtown Sidney?

3: I note the Mayor is also proposing a tourist information centre in this project.

How will tourists from any direction get into this centre and, more importantly, how do they then get into downtown Sidney from it?

I am sure that the Beacon Revitalization Task Force will have the same questions so I await the responses with interest.

Richard D. B. Talbot

Sidney